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Summit of African Peer Review Mechanism postponed in the last minute

Statement by African civil society on the postponement of the 2nd Extraordinary Summit of the African Peer Review Mechanism Heads of State and Government Forum, Nairobi, September 2015

2015-09-10, Issue 741

African civil society groups have expressed disappointed at the sudden, unexpected and unexplained cancellation of the Summit that was scheduled for Nairobi this week. They say Africa had high hopes and expectations that this Summit would have reinvigorated the APRM’s purpose, institutions and processes, and addressed the critical challenges facing APRM.

A call to the global church and all people of conscience

2015-09-03, Issue 740

Kairos Palestine statement on continued confiscations of Palestinian land in the Cremisan Valley of the Bethlehem region.

ACB to battle SA Govt., Monsanto over controversial GM ‘drought tolerant’ maize

2015-08-12, Issue 739

The civil society group is concerned that the recent approval is typical of GM decision-making in South Africa, which simply reiterates and summarises information provided by Monsanto, who has a clear vested interest in the approval. The government is under a legal obligation to apply a risk averse and cautious approach, which takes into account uncertainties and the limits of current knowledge about commercial production of GMOs.

Families of Marikana mineworkers file civil claims against Government

2015-08-11, Issue 739

The families of the 37 mineworkers killed at Marikana on 13 and 16 August 2012 have filed civil claims against the Minister of Police in the High Court in Pretoria. The 37 families are represented by The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), and the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) and Wits Law Clinic.

African women's position on the New Development Agenda

2015-08-12, Issue 739

African women applaud the new “2030 Agenda” for having the promise of being truly transformative for women and girls around the world. But they are concerned about the lack of commitment by African governments to implement progressive laws, agreements and protocols.

Civil society commends inauguration of presidential committee against corruption

2015-08-12, Issue 739

The team is headed by Professor Itse Sagay, a prominent professor of law and civil rights activist. The Committee's task is to advise the present Buhari led administration on the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria's criminal justice system.

KDF Amendment Bill 2015 unconstitutional

2015-08-04, Issue 738

The proposed law contravenes provisions of the constitution that require public participation in national affairs, a culture of openness and subordination of the military to civilian oversight.

An open letter to Obama: We need your partnership in the fight against climate change

Mohamed Adow

2015-07-30, Issue 737

With about one billion people, Africa contributes very little to cause the climate problem but its people are among the most seriously harmed. The US, which accounts for nearly a third of greenhouse gas emissions now causing climate change, should lead efforts to heal the Planet.

10 years of defending human rights defenders in East & Horn of Africa

Hassan Shire

2015-07-30, Issue 737

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project marks ten years of its founding this year. In that period, the organization has done extensive work in providing protection for human rights defenders, advocating against repressive laws and building capacities to strengthen regional civil society.

Nigeria: The sacking of the unserviceable service chiefs

2015-07-15, Issue 735

Global Campaign On Military Spending, GCOMS-Nigeria, welcomes the decision of the President Muhammad Buhari government to sack the country's Service Chiefs.

Open letter to Rwanda prisons director on intensified isolation of presidential contender Victoire Ingabire

Boniface Twagirimana

2015-07-16, Issue 735

It is quite evident that for someone already detained in solitary confinement, these measures amount to mental torture in violation of the International Convention Against Torture, to which Rwanda is a contracting party.

Palm oil giant Wilmar resorts to dirty tricks

2015-07-09, Issue 734

World’s largest palm oil trading company, Wilmar International Ltd., under scrutiny as communities in Borneo, Sumatra, Uganda and Nigeria accuse its suppliers of harassment, deception and rights abuses.

Kenya taskforce on NGOs law publishes its report

2015-07-09, Issue 734

The report of the taskforce on Kenya's Public Benefits Organizations Act 2013 has been released and can be found in the NGO Coordination Board website on this link.

Bank accounts of Kenyan rights organisations still frozen despite charges dismissed

Front Line Defenders

2015-07-02, Issue 733

Front Line Defenders continues to be concerned at the freezing of the bank accounts of MUHURI and Haki Africa despite the lack of evidence for the terrorism-related allegations against them.

Marikana’s Farlam Commission fails to save lives by banning R-5S in crowd control

2015-07-02, Issue 733

Social justice activist organisation Amandla.Mobi and Gun Free South Africa are deeply disappointed that the Farlam Commission of Enquiry’s report into the 2012 Marikana massacre makes no recommendation to prohibit R-5 rifles – the assault weapon used by police to kill 34 miners – in Public Order Policing.

Extrajudicial killing of a minor in Kiamaiko

2015-06-04, Issue 729

In a heartless case of police brutality, a Nairobi officer shoots dead a teenage boy in cold blood in a slum as the boy pleads with him to spare his life. Human rights defenders in the area are demanding justice.

Kenyatta regime should stop vicious attack on civil society in Kenya

2015-06-04, Issue 729

President Kenyatta is steadily returning Kenya to authoritarianism. His government has tried to muzzle the judiciary and arm-twist County Governments. It has initiated repressive policy actions aimed at restricting the space of civil society, civil liberties, media freedom and independent critical voices.

Groups protest state harassment of CSOs in Kenya

2015-06-04, Issue 729

Joint statement of the Civil Society Organizations Reference Group (CSORG) and the National Civil Society Congress (NCSC) on the continued state harassment and intimidation of human rights organisations and the alleged deregistration of Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), Haki Africa and the Agency for Peace and Development in the pretext of fighting terrorism.

Open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari to #BringBackOurGirls

2015-06-04, Issue 729

Nearly 200 organisations from around the world have asked Nigeria’s new head of state to do everything in his power to bring back the girls captured and held in captivity for over a year now by the militant group Boko Haram. Read the letter here.

CSOs urge governments to reject New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa

2015-06-02, Issue 729

The organisations say that African governments and international donors support to African agriculture increasingly focuses on the extension of corporate led food and agricultural systems to the detriment of small-scale food producers, who produce 70% of the food in Africa. Read the full statement [url=[/url].

May 23 march against Monsanto

2015-05-21, Issue 727

For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.

NGO resolution on the rights of women in Africa

2015-05-13, Issue 726

The NGOs are concerned that not enough is being done throughout the continent to promote the rights of women enshrined in domestic laws and in African Union protocols and policy documents.

Tunisia: Drop or amend Security Bill

Provisions on state secrecy and “denigrating” security forces undermine free speech

2015-05-13, Issue 726

The government sent the bill to parliament in the aftermath of the March 18 attack by gunmen that killed 23 people at the Bardo Museum in Tunis and a series of lethal attacks on the security forces by armed groups.

Mozambican Ministers must say 'no' to resettlement of thousands in Nacala Corridor

2015-05-14, Issue 726

The project falls within a framework of rapid transformation and conversion of the Nacala Corridor, at the epicentre of a struggle for control of land and water by large international corporations, including international cooperation agencies.

Immigrant rights organizations condemn killing of Terrence Kellom Sr.

2015-05-06, Issue 725

Kellom’s killing clearly demonstrates that the systems criminalizing Black communities, people of color, and immigrants are integrally related in America. There must be an end to government-sanctioned violence in all communities.

Petition to the government: Respect the Constitution of Burundi & the Arusha Accord

2015-05-07, Issue 725

Sign a petition to the Government of Burundi via Embassy of Burundi in Kenya on the prevailing political crisis and violence.

Zinduka East African Festival calls for immediate action in Burundi

2015-04-30, Issue 724

The movement expresses solidarity with Burundians and appeals to authorities to uphold the human rights of all citizens, including the freedoms of assembly, association and expression. East African leaders should act quickly to prevent the current crisis from spiraling into a full-scale disaster.

Xenophobia: Civil society wants AU rights body to act

Open letter to the African Commission regarding the xenophobic attacks in South Africa

2015-04-30, Issue 724

The loss of lives, injuries to persons and damage to private property and the dignity of foreign nationals living in South Africa are a grave violation of their rights protected under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Xenophobia is a social justice issue

2015-04-30, Issue 724

Awethu! joins the call for an urgent end to the xenophobic atrocities bedevilling the country.

A win for African lesbians

Statement on decision of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to grant observer status to the Coalition of African Lesbians

2015-04-30, Issue 724

As spaces to engage in issues related to social justice and human rights continue to shrink on the continent and globally, the granting of observer status to the Coalition of African Lesbians is a milestone in the African human rights system and indicates commitment from the Commission to the principles of the African Charter on Human Rights.

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